More than 500 cars and tens of thousands of visitors swarmed into Kensington Gardens yesterday as part of the Aston Martin’s centenary celebrations. The event, which was organised by the Aston Martin Owners’ Club, included a display of significant models from the oldest surviving car, the 3A, to rarities such as an Ogle DBS V8, the CC100 Speedster Concept and trio of Bertone Jets, including the two new models. Alongside the road cars was a rich seam of racing machinery including an iconic DBR1, a DB4 GT Zagato, the Project cars, and a V8 Vantage GTE.

The Bond cars also made an appearance, with seven models on show from the firm’s 50-year association with the film’s producers, including the DB5 that starred in Skyfall.

The occasion was the climax to a week-long schedule that featured driving tours across Europe as well as a host of events at the firm’s Gaydon headquarters.

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